30th May 2022

FLiP Supports FDAC: The Problem-Solving Court

FLiP Supports FDAC: The Problem-Solving Court

Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDAC) offer support to parents who are struggling with substance and alcohol abuse, mental health and/or domestic abuse problems and are therefore putting their children at risk.

Cases of this nature are referred into FDAC by local authorities. Parents who are struggling with substance misuse and/or mental health issues attend the courts every fortnight and meet a judge and specialists including social workers, psychiatrists, substance abuse counsellors and domestic violence experts who work together to encourage and support the parents to overcome their addictive behaviour.

FDAC focus on trying to reduce the number of children in care, by returning children to their parents when it is safe to do so. The FDAC process gives parents the opportunity to rekindle their relationship with their children, by giving parents a voice and reassurance that the court and society genuinely wants to help them to be reunited with their children.

Family Law in Partnership Director Helen Greenfield said:

“Family Law in Partnership are proud to continue to support FDAC in their ground-breaking work with judges and other professionals to provide treatment and support for parents wishing to turn their lives around and enable children to remain within their families. Our support for FDAC echoes FLiP’s focus on working positively and creatively with families following a divorce or separation to enable them to move forward with their lives whilst keeping children’s needs at the heart of the process.”